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Why Dental Exams Are So Important for Patients

Posted on April 21st, 2014

Proper dental care is as much about prevention as it is about early detection and effective restoration. All of these needs can be met by a skilled cosmetic dentist. A cosmetic dentist is trained to improve the aesthetics of your smile as well as your overall dental health, which allows patients to have healthy teeth and gums for years down the road. We’d like to take this opportunity to consider some of the basics with regard to dental exams and why they are so important for your overall health and wellness.

What happens during a dental exam?

It may be helpful to go over some of the basics that occur during a dental exam first. For one, there will often be basic x-rays and other diagnostic tests performed. This is usually followed by routine cleanings and possibly other basic treatments to ensure the health of the teeth and gums. If any minor dental problems are detected, they can often be addressed during the same visit.

Now let’s see why each of these portions of an exam as well as others are so important.

Diagnostics Means Preventative Care and Early Detection

When diagnostic tests are performed, this allows dentists to determine if there are any current problems that need to be addressed or potential health concerns that may become serious problems later on. This goes for matters related to the teeth, the gums, and even the jaw joint. Patients are encouraged to share any of their concerns during the visit so that issues can be treated as soon as possible.

If any dental health issues are caught early on, minimally invasive treatments can be performed in order to restore what little damage has occurred and help promote lasting wellness.

Professional Cleanings Mean Expert Maintenance

Even though reghular and thorough brushing and flossing are a great way to keep the teeth and gums healthy, a professional cleaning can do far more for you. Your dentist will be able to clean deeply and really access those hard-to-reach places in the mouth. A professional cleaning will also involve getting right down to the gumline and eliminating plaque and tartar that may be between stuck teeth or the backs of your teeth.

Discussing Future Dental Care Options

In addition to addressing your current concerns for dental health and wellness, your dentist will also discuss your future dental care needs. This could mean planning for orthodontic care in younger patients or adult patients, or discussing porcelain veneers as an option for achieving a total smile makeover. Planning like this helps improve patient satisfaction and experience when a treatment plan is finally implemented.

Providing Tips to Address Your Dental Health Concerns

Not only will your dentist customize your treatment plans to meet your needs, your dentist will also provide you with sound advice that is tailored to your current dental health concerns. If you are worried about tooth discoloration, for example, your dentist might discuss some foods to avoid or bad habits to lose. Similarly, your dentist may talk about the kind of toothbrush you should be buying, or if there’s anything you can do about problems that seem somewhat minor, such as bad breath.

In essence, a dental exam is the first step toward total wellness and a beautiful smile. That is why they are so important.

Learn More About General and Preventative Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about your options for general dental treatment and how our team can help you achieve exceptional dental health, be sure to contact our Cary, NC cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Raymond M. Ferri and Dr. Patrick Lawrence look forward to meeting you in person and helping your have a smile that is beautiful as well as healthy.

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